Our Beliefs

Our Purpose

graphic: Growing in Our Love for God and Others

To do this we:

Worship God with our whole hearts, grounding our lives in His love.

Worship with Others

Grow to become more fully devoted followers of Christ.

Grow with Others

Serve to help others experience God's love.

Serve Others

Give generously for the sake of others.


Invite others to know Jesus and to live in His love.

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Southwood's Core Beliefs

We Believe ...

God creates and blesses ...
  • God has created us and this creation and has called it good.
  • God blesses what God creates.
  • Science explains many of the “whats” and “hows” of creation, but God reveals to us the “why”.
Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer ...
  • Jesus is God in human form, who came into this world to teach us the way, the truth and the life, save us from sin, die for us and rise again showing us the true power of God.
  • Jesus is the source of our strength and hope. Learning from Jesus we find ways to live our lives with purpose.
  • Jesus told us that the two most important commands are to love God and to love others.
The Holy Spirit is God’s Spirit active in and around us…
  • The Holy Spirit is in us, given to us in our baptism.
  • The Holy Spirit is defined as a counselor, helper, advocate and guide.
  • We believe the Holy Spirit calls us to a purpose, gathers us into community, and sends us out in service to the world.
We are saved by grace…
  • Jesus died for us. This is a gift of God’s love for us that is undeserved and overflowing.
  • God’s grace is not earned or merited, but free to all of us.
  • How we live our lives is a response to God’s grace already given.
We believe in the resurrection of the dead…
  • Jesus rose on the first Easter. We shall rise and live again. This is the source of our hope for all eternity.
The Bible is the inspired Word of God…
  • The Bible was inspired by God’s Spirit.
  • It reveals God’s will and purpose for our lives and for all creation.
The two sacraments of our church are Baptism and Holy Communion…
  • These two sacraments were commanded by Jesus.
  • These two sacraments are 2 very real ways (Water, bread and wine) in which we experience the real presence and grace of God.
  • At Southwood, we baptize infants, as we believe that Baptism is God’s gift to us and we don’t have to do anything to deserve it.
  • At Southwood, all baptized are welcome at the table to receive the wine and bread. In Holy Communion we believe we experience the real presence of Christ as well as the forgiveness of our sins.
Serving, caring, giving and sharing are just a few ways we are called to live in response to the grace and love of God.
  • Living a life of faith is filled with a grateful heart for what God has already done for us.
  • Our response to God’s grace is our form of worship.
All are More than Welcome!
  • Southwood welcomes all people no matter their color, religious past, sexuality, gender identity, country of origin, or whether a person is identified as a “Lutheran” or not.
  • Join our community to find a sense of belonging, healing, and wholeness.

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Southwood is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

This is Christ's church.

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We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God's grace. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person—questions, complexities and all. Join us as we do God's work in Christ's name for the life of the world.

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